Asian Cinema and Media

Subject CULS30002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2-hour screening per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 102-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

106-245 Global Screen Cultures; CULS20009 Global Screen Cultures; CULS30002 Global Screen Cultures

Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Professor Audrey Yue

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on contemporary Asian cinema and media with a special emphasis on their transnational aspects. Students will encounter examples mainly from cinema (both popular and 'art' film), but the subject also engages with other forms of media culture like television, computer games, music video and Internet cultures. These texts will be approached through analysis of the contexts of their production, distribution, and consumption as well as through textual analysis. Students will learn about new approaches to contemporary Asian cinema and media that understand these cultures as formed through transnational flows rather than as the product of discrete and bounded 'civilisations' as in traditional area studies approaches. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of the transnationalism of Asian cinema and media today, knowledge of some of the key recent movements in Asian film and media, an appreciation of the historical contexts that underlie these patterns, and a sound grasp of the major scholarly approaches used to analyse these phenomena. Students completing the subject will be familiar with case studies including those from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and India.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • an understanding of the specific emergence of Asian cinema and media as they relate to their specific histories, industries and cultures;
  • an appreciation of the theoretical concept of alternative Asian modernity as shaped by the different conditions of colonisation, socialism, postcolonialism, industrialisation, indigenisation, regionalism and global capitalism;
  • a comprehension of cultural forms such as postcolonial cinema, transnational action, martial arts, melodrama, Asian blockbuster and the art house film as they relate to different places and modernities in the Asian region;
  • a familiarity with some of the major critical approaches to the study of Asian cinema and media and be able to use these approaches in their own work.

An essay of 1400 words (35%) due mid-semester, an essay of 1400 words (35%) due in the examination period, a multimedia exercise (blog/wiki) equivalent to 1200 words (30%) done throughout the semester. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75%, regular participation in tutorials are required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A Subject Reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have advanced research and analytic skills;
  • show critical and ethical self-awareness;
  • have the ability to develop and communicate effective argument in both oral and written form.

This subject is available to pre-2008 Bachelor of Arts students for credit into 2nd or 3rd year of the major in Cinema or Cultural Studies

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Cinema Studies Major
Cultural Studies Major
Screen and Cultural Studies
Screen and Cultural Studies
Screen and Cultural Studies

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